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Forbo helps to challenge the senses at Eon Reality

Forbo helps to challenge the senses at Eon Reality

A variety of Forbo’s flooring products have been specified for the futuristic interiors of the new European headquarters of EON Reality, a world leading interactive 3D software provider.

Located in Manchester, the 10,000 square foot space consists of a showroom for the Californian company’s cutting-edge virtual reality 3D technologies and a coding school where students learn to become 3D content and coding specialists.

Atul Bansal from The Sheila Bird Group who designed the headquarters said: “This was a very inspiring project to be a part of, with an exciting brief. EON Reality wanted the showroom and coding school to have the themes of discovery and fun running through them. Therefore, we decided to use sharp contrasts of light and darkness to challenge the senses – preparing the mind for the immersive technology experience ahead.”

In the coding school’s breakout space, Atul wanted to create a stimulating environment based on the theme of movement and used Flotex HD Cord with its distinctive linearity and Thomas Heatherwick’s gravity defying chairs, which spin around, to produce a sense of motion. Atul commented: “As this is a chill out area, we wanted colours and a pattern that would keep the students’ minds flowing with creativeness, and specified ginger brown with golden lines and a burnt orange shade with yellow lines – complimenting the client’s corporate colours.”

Flotex has also contributed to a healthier indoor environment for the coding school as it is one of only two floor coverings to have been awarded the prestigious Seal of Approval from Allergy UK, as with the correct cleaning regime, it will not harbour allergens and dust mites.

Ken Swain, Managing Director of EON Reality in the UK said: “The Flotex flooring has been extremely easy to keep clean, thanks to its truly washable properties. Despite having been installed in the coding school where spillages of food and drink can occur regularly, the efficient cleaning process has resulted in less labour time and no extra maintenance costs.”

In the showroom, Atul created a ‘virtual corridor’ to connect the different technologies. This optical illusion centrepiece is configured from inverted walls, mirrors and short-throw lighting. With light springing from mirrors and walls, he required flooring with low light reflectance and Forbo’s Eternal Slate vinyl in black was installed within this corridor to deliver the “mysterious feel” and light absorbing properties needed.

Ken concluded: “Overall, the flooring has really helped to capture the essence of the technology within the building and provide a modern and futuristic interior, thanks to the light absorbing surface in the showroom and the coloured and fun patterned aesthetics in the coding school, which is in keeping with EON Reality’s branding.”

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